The show must go on. Despite the controversy surrounding the New York City production of Julius Caesar, in which the main character, dressed as Donald Trump, is stabbed to death in every performance, the show will finish its run through this Sunday evening. Not even an assassination attempt on GOP members of Congress this week can make the producers back off of such violent, political imagery aimed at a Republican.
The Public Theater in Central Park remained defiant releasing the following statement:
Our production of Julius Caesar in no way advocates violence towards anyone. Shakespeare’s play, and our production, make the opposite point: those who attempt to defend democracy by undemocratic means pay a terrible price and destroy the very thing they are fighting to save.
But Delta Airlines and Bank of America saw the dangerous message being sent about the president and both pulled financial support from the playhouse.
Donald Trump, Jr. defended his dad against the play on Twitter after the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, which seriously injured GOP Rep. Steve Scalise: